Intel Ivy Bridge CPU Due Next Year
We’ve all heard about Intel’s current Sandy Bridge processors that use a 32-nanometer process, but what about Ivy Bridge? The next-generation processor is set to launch in 2012 (not late 2011, as Intel had previously stated.) The new chip will utilize a 22-nanometer wafer and 3D tri-gate transistor technology, bringing a powerful and more efficient chip to the market.
For Mac fans all throughout the world, it is unlikely that you will see Ivy Bridge processors in mac products for *at least another year, so, Summer 2012. The processor itself is touted to be similar to the current Sandy Bridge platform, but, “on steroids.” With the tri-gate transistor manufacturing, the chip will see 37% more power than its predecessor while using two times less power.
In my opinion, waiting for the Ivy Bridge chip is the way to go, but a year can sometimes feel like a long time! If you don’t have that kind of cash to spend on whim, I can only recommend uninstalling computer applications you do not use and possibly considering an upgrade to SSD for a faster boot time. Intel’s solid state drive 300 series now comes with a 5-year warranty and is a much faster drive than any 7,200 RPM hard disk drive. Perhaps one could use an SSD upgrade as a placeholder until Ivy Bridge decides to pop up? The chip to the left is not meant to represent either Sandy Bridge nor Ivy Bridge processor.